Mimicry by Lyrebirds

To: "peter crow" <>
Subject: Mimicry by Lyrebirds
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2007 19:40:43 +1000
Yes that is correct. It is not uncommon for song learning to have more than one 
pathway. Lyrebirds apparently learn most of their mimicry from older lyrebirds. 
I don't know if it is known but this probably happens before they are old 
enough to sing, themself. No doubt they also hone their mimicry skills as they 
grow old and start singing themselves. They probably pick up sounds to copy 
from their environment, this includes other lyrebirds and other bird sounds.


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